Lucia LoTempio
Lucia LoTempio
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poet & organizer


Lucia LoTempio is a poet from Buffalo, NY. She is the author of Hot with the Bad Things, which will be published by Alice James Books in May 2020. She is the co-author, with Suzannah Russ Spaar, of the chapbook Undone in Scarlet from Tammy (2019).

Poet and organizer, Lucia LoTempio is the author of
Hot with the Bad Things

She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from SUNY Geneseo with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Sociology. In spring 2018, she received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh.

Lucia lives in Pittsburgh, PA where she works as a Program Manager for City of Asylum, an organization that provides sanctuary to exiled writers. Located in the Northside of Pittsburgh, City of Asylum offers a host of literary and music programs.

Learn more about Lucia’s work as a Program Manager at City of Asylum at

Currently, Lucia serves as the Book Review Editor for Aster(ix) Journal and is a Contributing Editor for Gandy Dancer. She was formerly the Managing Editor for The Adroit Journal, and previously worked with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

She won first place in the 2017 University of Pittsburgh Writing Contest for Nonfiction. Lucia has been a semifinalist for the 92Y Discovery Contest, the Black Warrior Review Contest in Poetry, and the Winter Tangerine Award in Poetry.

You can find her work as part of the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, and her poems have been or will be published in Passages NorthTYPOThe JournalSixth FinchWashington Square ReviewLinebreak, among others.


Lucia LoTempio is the author of Hot with the Bad Things (Alice James Books 2020). You can find her poems in Passages North, The Journal, TYPO, Quarterly West, as part of the Academy of American Poets poem-a-day series, and elsewhere. With Suzannah Russ Spaar, she co-authored the chapbook Undone in Scarlet (Tammy 2019). Lucia lives and writes in Pittsburgh where she works at City of Asylum as a program manager.